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Cong leaders meet CAG over Rafale deal

By The Assam Tribune
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NEW DELHI, Sept 19 - A Congress delegation on Wednesday met the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) over alleged irregularities in the Rafale fighter jet deal, and said the federal auditor was �already examining� the entire issue and assured its leaders of submitting a report to Parliament soon.

The delegation of senior Congress leaders met CAG Rajiv Mehrishi and handed over a memorandum, accusing the government of causing loss to the public exchequer and endangering national security by bypassing state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in favour of some businessman �friends� for offset contract.

The Congress has alleged that the fresh deal for Rafale fighter jets was inked by the Narendra Modi dispensation at a cost much higher than what was negotiated by the previous government led by it.

�The CAG pointed out that it is his constitutional and fundamental duty to audit all such purchases, procedures, award of contract and the CAG said that they are already examining the entire Rafale deal. They are examining the papers, they are examining the payments made, and they are examining the procedure and its violation.

�They assured that they will look at all the documents that we have brought in public domain and that they will very soon be submitting a report to Parliament after examining all the contentions raised by the Congress party,� Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters. � PTI

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Cong leaders meet CAG over Rafale deal

NEW DELHI, Sept 19 - A Congress delegation on Wednesday met the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) over alleged irregularities in the Rafale fighter jet deal, and said the federal auditor was �already examining� the entire issue and assured its leaders of submitting a report to Parliament soon.

The delegation of senior Congress leaders met CAG Rajiv Mehrishi and handed over a memorandum, accusing the government of causing loss to the public exchequer and endangering national security by bypassing state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in favour of some businessman �friends� for offset contract.

The Congress has alleged that the fresh deal for Rafale fighter jets was inked by the Narendra Modi dispensation at a cost much higher than what was negotiated by the previous government led by it.

�The CAG pointed out that it is his constitutional and fundamental duty to audit all such purchases, procedures, award of contract and the CAG said that they are already examining the entire Rafale deal. They are examining the papers, they are examining the payments made, and they are examining the procedure and its violation.

�They assured that they will look at all the documents that we have brought in public domain and that they will very soon be submitting a report to Parliament after examining all the contentions raised by the Congress party,� Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told reporters. � PTI

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